Pillars Academic Scholarship

Two Full-Tuition Awards

Southwestern College’s merit-based award recognizes two students who demonstrate outstanding academic abilities. The Pillars Academic scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship (renewable for four years if criteria are met) awarded to students who we believe will make Southwestern College a stronger, more vibrant intellectual community.

The Pillars Academic Scholarship is named for the four pillars of the iconic Christy Administration Building located at the top of the scenic 77 Steps. They represent the four values extolled in the college’s Alma Mater: Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom.

Finalists will receive invitations to participate in the competition.  The competition consists of a timed essay and an interview with faculty/staff members.  Each finalist who competes on November 18, 2023, will receive a renewable $1,000 scholarship.  Two finalists will be selected, based on the outcome of the essay and interview, to receive a renewable full-tuition scholarship for four years.


ARE YOU: An engaged learner? Intellectually and creatively adventurous? A top student?

DO YOU: Demonstrate viewpoints, experiences, or academic interests beyond the usual?

HAVE YOU: Been a High School Honor Student? Been honored as a Superintendent’s Honor Roll and/or National Honor Society Member? Received significant recognition for academic achievement?

Pillars Academic Requirements

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